Great work, Sean!
For the last 6 weeks, Sean Rugless '20 has been participating as a mentor to youth between the ages of 4 and 17 who have been impacted by gun violence. Working with the Cincinnati Police Department and the Victims Advocacy office, Sean, along with three other seniors from Mount Notre Dame and DePaul Cristo Rey have been teaching the skills of photography to youth and helping them use their voice through photos.
Sean has become an inspiration to many of these kids who have looked forward to seeing him each week. Reflecting on his experience in the project, Sean said, "It has been eye-opening to interact and learn from the kids in this program. Many of them have lost a loved one through violence, and I can't imagine dealing with that at such a young age. We have been teaching them how to open up and express their feelings through photography, and it has been great to see their growth and progress each week."
A gallery of participants' photographs will be on display this Saturday, November 23rd, 1-3 pm at Friendship Park Pavilion, 1135 Riverside Dr., Cincinnati Ohio 45202. This event is open to the public.